1. This is the third talk of Thay from Week 2 of the Summer Opening Retreat, offered in the New Hamlet of Plum Village on Monday, July 16th, 2012.

    00:00 Title Screen
    02:00 Monastic Chanting: May the Day Be Well in English and Vietnamese
    17:35 Today Is a Beautiful Day
    18:10 Introduction
    19:00 Pebble Meditation
    28:15 Frederick, the German Businessman
    31:35 The First Mantra: Darling, I Am Here for You
    35:20 The Second Mantra: Darling, I Know You Are There, and I Am Happy
    42:00 Telephone Meditation Gatha
    48:45 Judge of the Supreme Court in India: Telephone Meditation
    50:00 Summary of Today's Teaching
    53:33 Mindful movement
    01:00:10 Right view, right thinking, right speech, right action
    01:04:05 Retribution (業報)
    01:05:10 Retribution in term of 正報 is your body and mind; and Environment (依報), the environment is you
    01:08:20 Man is the sum of his action (karma)
    01:11:15 The path of buddhism is also a path of research
    01:12:11 The practice of concentration and mindfulness
    01:15:00 The Cell in our body work in harmony and goof communication, nobody play the role of president, this is the democratic in our body
    01:16:15 There is no single cell making decision but it is the community of cell, the biologist has confirmed this
    01:20:10 Right livelihood and diligence
    01:24:00 True Communist
    01:25:00 We are very happy to observe vegetarian
    01:28:10 RIght diligence is not to force yourself, practicing meditation can bring lightness
    01:29:20 Breathing and walking can bring freedom, free from the past and future
    01:30:10 There is gatha (poem) to help you to practice walking meditation, brushing your teeth, sitting meditation, washing dishes, preparing breakfast
    01:33:33 Right diligence is what buddha taught 4 steps: 1. Dot not allow the seed of negative to manifest, let them sleep at the bottom of your consciousness; 2. if the negative seeds already manifest then try to help it to return to store consciousness; 3. Give the good seed opportunity to manifest by watering the good seed; 4. When the good seeds already manifested then try to keep them as long as possible; these practice is called "Transformation at the base"

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  2. This is the third Dharma talk of Thay from the Science of the Buddha Retreat, offered in the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village on Monday, June 4th, 2012. The talk includes a dialogue with the University of Virginia Astrophysicist Dr. Trinh Xuan Thuan.

    Sitting Meditation
    Chanting
    30:00? Main Talk
    31:00? Sitting in Mindfulness
    37:00? Inviting the Bell
    52:00? Knowledge as an Obstacle
    53:40 Story of the Man Whose Son Disappears
    58:55 Afflictions as an Obstacle
    1:01:25 Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    1:03:40 Mindfulness of the Body
    1:05:55 Simile of a Farmer with the Bag of Seeds
    1:09:08 Mindfulness of Feelings
    1:11:30 Mindfulness of the Mind
    1:20:30? Two Layers of the Mind: Mind Consciousness & Store Consciousness
    1:22:45 The Practice of Right Diligence
    1:24:40 Concentrating & Liberating the Mind
    1:26:50 Mindfulness of Objects of Mind
    1:28:25 Dual-Grasping: Perceiver and Perceived
    1:44:20 Subject and Object of Grasping: Grahaka and Grahya
    1:47:50 Contemplation on Impermanence
    1:54:40? Contemplation on Non-Craving
    1:56:45 Contemplation on Nirvana
    1:58:30 Two Levels of Reality: Historical and Ultimate Dimension
    2:07:40 The Discriminating Mind: vikalpjnana
    2:12:15 The Principle of Identity (A=A≠B)
    2:14:30 Middle Way Dialectics: The New Logic Proposed by the Buddha (A≠A=A)
    2:15:15 Conventional Designation
    2:23:40 Contemplation on Letting Go
    2:24:30 Mindful Movements
    2:38:45 Q & A with Professor Trinh Xuan Thuan
    2:39:15 Question 1: Buddhism says that one has to get rid of all previous knowledge, to have a clear mind. I think in science one has to know things that were done before, but keep a clear and open mind. Does Thay agree with this?
    2:45:00 Question 2: You said something about inanimate matter has intelligence. I'm not sure this is the current scientific view now. Even if you claim that an electron has consciousness, then I say that we have to say there are varying degrees of consciousness. I would say that an electron is very different from a human being. An electron has mass, its electric charge, and its spin, that's it. Once you've seen an electron, you've seen them all. Also, a flower. Chimpanzees have some human notion, so close to us in genes. I think there are different degrees of consciousness, and we cannot put everything on the same level. What is your response to that?
    3:03:00 Question 3: What is the concept of time in Buddhism? We have the impression that time passes, from the past to the present to the future. In science we learn that past, present and future are always there, and time is not the same for everyone, depending on the movement of the observer. Although there is a psychological time that seems to be there. That is the physical conception of time. So what is the Buddhist concept of time?

    3:13:00 Question 4: I like Buddhism not only because I was raised in it, but because it is very logical. It has the spirit of experimentation that a scientist would accept. The mind is the instrument. Objective and subjective reality, that's something true. As a scientist I realize that an observer is very important as part of what he sees. If you say that there is no objective reality independent of the mind, do you think, for example, that if you do not look at the moon, the moon does not exist? Do you really believe that an alternate universe without consciousness would not exist, if no one could be conscious of it?

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  3. This is the first talk of Thay in the second week of the Summer Opening Retreat, offered in the Lower Hamlet of Plum Village on Saturday, July 4th, 2012.

    00:00 Title Screens
    01:00 Introduction
    03:00 Cultivating Compassion While Listening to the Chant
    23:40 Chanting Namo Avalokiteshvaraya

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    02:22 Bell
    03:30 Third exercise: Aware of body (身覺)we often forget that we have a body
    06:00 Dispersion is the opposite of concentration
    08:00 I think therefore I am not there
    09:20 Establish yourself in the here and the now in order to be alive
    10:05 The secret of meditation is to bring your mind and body together
    11:20 When mindfulness is strong then concentration is born
    12:40 Together mindfulness (念) and concentration (定) bring insight (慧)
    13:30 Three kind of energy that make up a Buddha
    15:20 These energies can be generated by breathing, walking, eating, and sitting. Holiness made of these energies
    16:40 Good morning your holiness
    17:15 Pour tea mindfully
    19:28 To be alive is a miracle
    21:20 Insight is enlightenment, insight is awakening
    28:00 Mindfulness helps us get out from the prison of past and future
    29:50 We have to learn the habits of a free person
    30:30 Every step is a celebration
    31:10 In Meditation, breathe, body and mind are always together
    33:00 You are a bell of mindfulness
    36:50 Second exercise: Following your in-breath and out-breath all the way through, First exercise: be with the in and out breath. Fourth Exercise is release tension in body (身行息), the fifth exercise is produce joy (喜), the sixth exercise is to produce happiness (樂), the seventh is to be aware of pain (心行覺), the eight is to embrace and to calm down the painful feeling (心行息)
    51:50 As a practitioner we have to learn how to handle fear by using mind and body, using our mindfulness, concentration and insight. The question is how to make good use of the energy of fear. Anger is a dangerous energy, if you don't know how to use it then it will do harm more than good. It is same as using the energy of fire, gas, or electricity. It can be very dangerous. We must rely on ourselves to generate mindfulness, concentration and insight.
    55:00 What kind of fear do you have? fear of death? falling sick? We have to understand the nature of our fear, we have to look deeply into our fear.
    56:40 What is fear made of?
    59:00 Fear is born from the ground of illusion and wrong perception, for example the fear of death. We do not want to think of death. We try to cover up and get busy, but the buddha advises us to bring it up and take a look at it. When we look deeply, birth and death are inter-are. If there is no birth then there is no death, like the left and the right
    01:02:00 Every moment of our daily life, there are thousands of cells dying in us. We don't have time to organize a funeral. At the same time there are thousand of cells are born and we also don't have time to organize birthday party
    01:03:41 You think death is not there, you think death is 50 or 70 years from now, but death is already taking place and birth also taking place at the same time. You are dying in every moment. You are being reborn in every moment
    01:05:00 Are you afraid of failure? You are inhabited by the energy of fear, "I don't know whether I'm good enough to achieve success." Many people become the victim of their success. Many people fail a lot and then they do better and succeed.
    01:07:00 Right action - non discrimination
    01:11:00 Using the energy of mindfulness, concentration, and insight to realize your success in the here and now
    01:12:00 The story of peace walk in New York
    01:16:00 The end is the beginning, there is no walk for peace, peace is the way

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